sour ( sours 3rd person present) ( souring present participle) ( soured past tense & past participle )
1 adj Something that is sour has a sharp, unpleasant taste like the taste of a lemon.
The stewed apple was sour even with honey.
sweet and sour
2 adj Sour milk is milk that has an unpleasant taste because it is no longer fresh., (Antonym: fresh)
3 adj Someone who is sour is bad-tempered and unfriendly.
She made a sour face in his direction...
sourly adv ADV with v
`Leave my mother out of it,' he said sourly.
4 adj If a situation or relationship turnssour or goessour, it stops being enjoyable or satisfactory.
Even the European dream is beginning to turn sour..., Their songs are filled with tales of love gone sour.
5 verb If a friendship, situation, or attitude sours or if something sours it, it becomes less friendly, enjoyable, or hopeful.
If anything sours the relationship, it is likely to be real differences in their world-views... V n
Her mood soured a little. V
6 If you refer to someone's attitude as sour grapes , you mean that they say that something is worthless or undesirable because they want it themselves but cannot have it.
sour grapes phrase
Page's response to the suggestion that this might be sour grapes because his company lost the bid is: `Life's too short for that.'
sour cream , soured cream
Sour cream is cream that has been artificially made sour by being mixed with bacteria. It is used in cooking. n-uncount
sweet and sour , sweet-and-sour
Sweet and sour is used to describe Chinese food that contains both a sweet flavour and something sharp or sour such as lemon or vinegar. adj ADJ n